Athens (Piraeus), Greece

The past maintains a vibrant presence in the cradle of Western civilization. Atop the Acropolis, the serene Parthenon sails above the commotion of the modern city. The tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides were performed in the Theater of Dionysus at the foot of the Acropolis. On Pnyx Hill, citizens of a fledgling democracy gathered to cast their votes on Athens' destiny. Then there is the hustle and bustle of the modern city, a metropolis of 4.5 million that spreads out from the foot of Mt. Lycabettus and across the plain. Packed with busy shops and lively tavernas, modern Athens is a colorful counterpoint to classical Greece.

Piraeus is the port city for Athens and has been Athens' port of entry for over two millennia.

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Points of Interest

  • Acropolis
  • The Plaka
  • Temple of Olympian Zeus
  • Old Olympic Stadium
  • Athens Museums
  • Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion
  • Ancient Agora
  • Ancient Corinth, Corinth Canal and Corinth Museum
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  • Acropolis

    The greatest of all archeological sites, the Acropolis dominates the Athenian landscape. Ascend 80 steps, take in the views and marvel at such glorious monuments as the Parthenon and the Erechtheum.

  • The Plaka

    Under the slopes of the Acropolis, Athens' oldest district features wonderful boutiques, cafes and tavernas. Stroll through its narrow streets, for foot traffic only, and enjoy a plethora of shopping choices.

  • Temple of Olympian Zeus

    The largest temple in antiquity was 700 years in the making. Fifteen of its majestic Corinthian columns still stand, dominating the center of Athens and paying homage to Zeus, ruler of the Olympian gods.

  • Old Olympic Stadium

    Built on the foundations of a 4th-century B.C. arena, this stadium hosted the first modern Olympic Games in 1896 and was used in the 2004 Olympics.

  • Athens Museums

    World-class collections can be seen at the Museum of the City of Athens, the Byzantine & Christian Museum, the Museum of Cycladic Art, the National Archaeological Museum, Benaki and Acropolis Museums.

  • Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion

    Built in the 5th century B.C., overlooking the dramatic coastline of Cape Sounion, this cliff-top temple dedicated to the God of the Sea is an imposing landmark for sailors from ancient times to today.

  • Ancient Agora

    "Agora" means "a place of gathering" and this expansive area - the heart of Athenian life and the center of ancient Greek democracy - once served as a marketplace, civic center, and seat of justice.

  • Ancient Corinth, Corinth Canal and Corinth Museum

    Corinth boasted a forum larger than Rome's shops, fountains and other public buildings, including the massive Temple of Apollo. The Corinth Canal is a 19th-century engineering marvel.

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Yabanaki Beach Break

5 hours | Athens (Piraeus) | ATH-590

Grab your towel and get ready to enjoy a day of fun in the sun. Just a short drive brings you to a pristine coastline, where you can enjoy the quintessential Greek beach experience. You'll have 3.5 hours to swim in the clear waters and partake in the array of watersports available for rent.

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City Drive & Acropolis Museum

4 hours | Athens (Piraeus) | ATH-295
  • Acropolis
  • Temple of Olympian Zeus
  • Old Olympic Stadium

Celebrate the archaeological and historical sites of Athens on a comprehensive narrated tour designed for passengers who prefer minimal walking. Visit the exceptional New Acropolis Museum, experience the magnitude of the Acropolis from a scenic overlook, stop for photo opportunities on a city drive, and shop for souvenirs.

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Athens on Your Own

7.5 hours | Athens (Piraeus) | ATH-185
  • Temple of Olympian Zeus
  • Old Olympic Stadium
  • The Plaka

Designed for the independent traveler, this excursion includes a brief, guided driving tour orienting you to magnificent Athens before dropping you off at the nearest accessible point to the Plaka (depending on traffic conditions), close to the gateway of its colorful shopping district, lively cafes and tavernas, and cultural museums.

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Easy Athens City Drive & Old Olympic Stadium

3.5 hours | Athens (Piraeus) | ATH-290
  • Acropolis
  • Temple of Olympian Zeus
  • Old Olympic Stadium

This tour is designed for passengers who prefer to see some sights from the motorcoach with little or no walking involved. Designed for passengers who prefer a minimum of walking, this narrated city drive celebrates the major sights of the historical city of Athens. You'll view the Acropolis from a scenic overlook, visit the Old Olympic Stadium and stop for photo opportunities, souvenirs, and refreshments throughout your tour.

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Easy Athens City Drive & Old Olympic Stadium (Wheelchair Accessible)

3.5 hours | Athens (Piraeus) | ATH-291
  • Acropolis
  • Temple of Olympian Zeus
  • Old Olympic Stadium

This departure is space set aside on lift-equipped vehicles for wheelchair-confined passengers - please be sure to read the Notes section of the tour description regarding requesting this space. This tour is designed for passengers who prefer to see some sights from the motorcoach with little or no walking involved. Designed for passengers who prefer minimal walking, this narrated city drive celebrates the major sites of the historical city of Athens. You'll view the Acropolis from a scenic overlook, visit the Old Olympic Stadium and stop for photo opportunities, souvenirs, and refreshments throughout your tour.

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Athens Adventure Park

5 hours | Athens (Piraeus) | ATH-400

Thrill to an adrenaline-packed day in the countryside at one of Europe's largest adventure parks set in a lush natural setting. Climb rope ladders, bungee jump on a trampoline, leap from tree to tree on suspended logs, and try your hand at archery. It's great fun for both kids and adults.

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Corinth Canal Cruise

5 hours | Athens (Piraeus) | ATH-240

Man endeavored since the beginning of his history to build a canal near the ancient city of Corinth. The feat was only recently achieved, thus creating the largest man-made island in Europe, the Peloponnese. Today you have the opportunity to do what many of the great men of history failed to do; journey across the completed Corinth Canal.

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The Complete Greek Evening Experience

4.5 hours | Athens (Piraeus) | ATH-800
  • Acropolis
  • Temple of Olympian Zeus

There is virtually nothing more important to Greeks than a good night's "glenti," an evening filled with good food, wine and, of course, singing and dancing. "Go Greek" for the evening, dine on traditional foods prepared before your eyes and learn to dance, Zorba-the-Greek style.

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Acropolis & Time On Your Own in the Plaka

6.5 hours | Athens (Piraeus) | ATH-180
  • Temple of Olympian Zeus
  • Old Olympic Stadium
  • Acropolis
  • The Plaka

Experience the heart of ancient Greece on a guided walking tour of the Acropolis. View the marble stadium that hosted the first modern Olympic Games in 1896, then enjoy independent exploration of Syntaga (Constitution) Square, the center of Athens and the Plaka, a historic 19th-century shopping district and marketplace.

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Acropolis & Time On Your Own in the Plaka (Guided in Spanish)

6.5 hours | Athens (Piraeus) | ATH-182
  • Temple of Olympian Zeus
  • Old Olympic Stadium
  • Acropolis
  • The Plaka

Experience the heart of ancient Greece on a guided walking tour of the Acropolis. View the marble stadium that hosted the first modern Olympic Games in 1896, then enjoy independent exploration of Syntaga (Constitution) Square, the center of Athens and the Plaka, a historic 19th-century shopping district and marketplace.

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Disembarkation Tour - Acropolis & City Drive

4 hours | Athens (Piraeus) | ATH-960
  • Temple of Olympian Zeus
  • Old Olympic Stadium
  • Acropolis

The adventure continues on this debarkation excursion to Athens complete with a guided walking tour of the heart of ancient Greece and the Acropolis. Visit the ruins of the Parthenon, Erectheum, and the Porch of the Caryatids. Then, explore the city by motorcoach and stop to photograph the Old Olympic Stadium.

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Acropolis & City Drive

4 hours | Athens (Piraeus) | ATH-200
  • Temple of Olympian Zeus
  • Old Olympic Stadium
  • Acropolis

No visit to Athens is complete without seeing one of the world's greatest archeological sites, the Acropolis. Explore the ruins of the Parthenon and other significant buildings including the Erectheum and the Porch of the Caryatids. Then, tour the city by motorcoach and stop for a photo opportunity at the Old Olympic Stadium.

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Discovery Family Acropolis & Rock N' Roll!

6 hours | Athens (Piraeus) | ATH-610
  • Temple of Olympian Zeus
  • Old Olympic Stadium
  • Acropolis
  • The Plaka

Create lasting memories together on this Discovery Family tour that takes you to the Acropolis, the "sacred rock," steeped in historical significance and mythology, where you'll marvel at the iconic Parthenon. Then lunch at the Hard Rock Café before a panoramic driving tour with a photo stop at the Old Olympic Stadium.

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A Taste of Athens

5 hours | Athens (Piraeus) | ATH-300
  • Temple of Olympian Zeus
  • Old Olympic Stadium
  • Acropolis

Savor the sights and flavors of Athens on a full-day adventure that includes both the vibrant modern city and a comprehensive walking tour of the magnificent ruins of the Acropolis. Embark on a comprehensive walking tour of the excavation site, then visit a local taverna for a tasting of domestic vintage wines.

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Acropolis in 3D

4 hours | Athens (Piraeus) | ATH-205
  • Acropolis

The past meets the present on this unique, half-day adventure at the Acropolis that utilizes augmented reality (AR) software, a 3D app that allows users to visually travel in time back to the heyday of Greek culture. This gadget-oriented tour seamlessly combines these magnificent monuments of antiquity with the latest technology.

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Athens Sightseeing & Lycabettus Views

3.5 hours | Athens (Piraeus) | ATH-195

See the historical sites and the archaeological wonders of Athens on a comprehensive narrated driving tour chock-full of iconic sights. Stop to photograph the famous Acropolis and its Parthenon from different angles. Then at Lycabettus Hill, ride the cable car to a panoramic viewpoint for the absolutely best and unique view of Athens.

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Deluxe Athens Experience

7.5 hours | Athens (Piraeus) | ATH-450
  • Acropolis
  • Temple of Olympian Zeus
  • Old Olympic Stadium
  • The Plaka
  • Athens Museums

Immerse yourself in an ultimate Greek experience that celebrates the historic and cultural sights of Athens. Explore the exhibits of the New Acropolis Museum with stunning views of the Acropolis monuments, stroll through the ancient Plaka, see the famed sights by motorcoach and enjoy a culinary demonstration, lunch and folkloric dance show.

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Acropolis, Plaka & Folkloric Show

7.5 hours | Athens (Piraeus) | ATH-130
  • Temple of Olympian Zeus
  • Old Olympic Stadium
  • Acropolis
  • The Plaka

The traditions of Greece infuse this guided tour, which celebrates the country's history and lively culture. Visit the ancient Acropolis, stroll the famed Plaka shopping district, and enjoy a traditional Greek feast accompanied by a rousing show of Greek music, song, and dance - so join in the fun, Zorba-style!

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Discovery Family Best of Athens

7.5 hours | Athens (Piraeus) | ATH-600
  • Temple of Olympian Zeus
  • Old Olympic Stadium
  • Acropolis
  • The Plaka
  • Athens Museums

Experience the best of Athens on a guided driving and walking tour highlighting its major sights. Explore the ruins of the Acropolis and see the Parthenon. Visit the National Archaeological Museum and its trove of Greek antiquities, and enjoy free time to stroll the colorful shops and cafes of the Plaka. Similar to ATH-105 without Temple of Poseidon.

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Virtual Reality Acropolis

4.5 hours | Athens (Piraeus) | ATH-210
  • Acropolis

See the stunning monuments of the Acropolis as they looked 2,500 years ago! With the help of a 3-D tablet, you can witness the wonders of the Parthenon, the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike and the tomb of Erechtheus just as they appeared during Greece's golden age.

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Acropolis, Ancient Corinth & Canal

9 hours | Athens (Piraeus) | ATH-160
  • Temple of Olympian Zeus
  • Acropolis
  • Ancient Corinth, Corinth Canal and Corinth Museum

Explore the heart of classical Athens on a guided driving and walking tour that transports you back to ancient Greece. Experience the ruins of the Acropolis, then travel south to historic ancient Corinth. Visit the impressive Corinth Museum and photograph the massive Corinth Canal from a bridge dramatically spanning its banks.

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Acropolis, Ancient Agora & Temple of Olympian Zeus

7.5 hours | Athens (Piraeus) | ATH-380
  • Old Olympic Stadium
  • Acropolis
  • Temple of Olympian Zeus
  • Ancient Agora

Journey into the past on this outstanding, comprehensive guided walking tour of classical Athens, which includes a traditional Greek-style lunch. Visit the ruins of the Acropolis and the ancient Agora marketplace. Explore the small Stoa Attalus museum and experience history at the Thission Temple and the Temple of Olympian Zeus.

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Acropolis, Plaka & Temple of Poseidon

9 hours | Athens (Piraeus) | ATH-105
  • Temple of Olympian Zeus
  • Old Olympic Stadium
  • Acropolis
  • The Plaka
  • Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion

A guided walking tour celebrates Athens' most treasured sights. Explore the historic temples of the Acropolis, browse the famed Plaka shopping district, and take a scenic drive to Cape Sounion, en route to the stunning 5th-century B.C. Temple of Poseidon, overlooking the Aegean Sea. Similar to ATH-100 without the Archaeology Museum.

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Ultimate Athens - A Discovery Exclusive

8 hours | Athens (Piraeus) | ATH-150
  • Temple of Olympian Zeus
  • Old Olympic Stadium
  • Acropolis
  • The Plaka

This is the elite Athenian experience; a guided driving and walking tour which celebrates the city's major historic and cultural sights. Explore the ruins of the Acropolis, visit the New Acropolis Museum, browse the colorful shops and cafes of the Plaka, and photograph the most striking and significant monuments through the city.

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Best of Athens (Guided in Japanese)

7.5 hours | Athens (Piraeus) | ATH-993
  • Temple of Olympian Zeus
  • Old Olympic Stadium
  • Acropolis
  • The Plaka

Experience the best of Athens on a guided driving and walking tour highlighting its major sights. Explore the ruins of the Acropolis and see the Parthenon. Visit the National Archaeological Museum and its trove of Greek antiquities, and enjoy free time to stroll the colorful shops and cafes of the Plaka. Similar to ATH-105 without Temple of Poseidon.

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Best of Athens

7.5 hours | Athens (Piraeus) | ATH-100
  • Temple of Olympian Zeus
  • Old Olympic Stadium
  • Acropolis
  • The Plaka

Experience the best of Athens on a guided driving and walking tour highlighting its major sights. Explore the ruins of the Acropolis and see the Parthenon. Visit the National Archaeological Museum and its trove of Greek antiquities, and enjoy free time to stroll the colorful shops and cafes of the Plaka. Similar to ATH-105 without Temple of Poseidon.

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Best of Athens (Guided in Mandarin)

7.5 hours | Athens (Piraeus) | ATH-990
  • Temple of Olympian Zeus
  • Old Olympic Stadium
  • Acropolis
  • The Plaka

Experience the best of Athens on a guided driving and walking tour highlighting its major sights. Explore the ruins of the Acropolis and see the Parthenon. Visit the National Archaeological Museum and its trove of Greek antiquities, and enjoy free time to stroll the colorful shops and cafes of the Plaka. Similar to ATH-105 without Temple of Poseidon.

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Best of Athens for Small Groups

7.5 hours | Athens (Piraeus) | ATH-999
  • Temple of Olympian Zeus
  • Old Olympic Stadium
  • Acropolis
  • The Plaka
  • Athens Museums

Experience the best of Athens on a guided driving and walking tour highlighting its major sights. Explore the ruins of the Acropolis and see the Parthenon. Visit the National Archaeological Museum and its trove of Greek antiquities, and enjoy free time to stroll the colorful shops and cafes of the Plaka. Similar to ATH-105 without Temple of Poseidon.

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Local Connections: Acropolis Museum & Botrini Gastronomy Experience

5.75 hours | Athens (Piraeus) | ATH-310

A cultural day of delights begins with a visit to the new Acropolis Museum, where the past and present are stunningly displayed with direct views of the Parthenon. Then, indulge in a seven-course lunch at Michelin-starred Botrini's restaurant, where celebrity chef Ettore Botrini prepares an innovative menu from fresh, local ingredients.

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